Otago Daily Times

Morn­ing ra­dio show host chooses job that de­liv­ers

- HAMISH MACLEAN hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz

THE taste of eggs and or­ange juice may never be the same for fans of Cal­lum Proc­ter.

The long­serv­ing ra­dio broad­caster and co­host of top rat­ing Dunedin break­fast show Cal­lum and P Break­fast, on The Hits, said goodbye and turned the mi­cro­phone off, leav­ing the show yes­ter­day.

Mr Proc­ter (50) had co­hosted the show with Pa­t­rina Roche since 2009.

Though he said he ex­pected to re­turn to ra­dio at some point, it would not be in the near fu­ture.

Yes­ter­day was emo­tional, he said.

There were tears.

But leav­ing ra­dio to be a courier was also a relief.

He needed some time to un­wind, and he did not want to con­tinue in the job un­til it be­came stale and he be­came jaded.

He said he al­ways knew he wanted a ca­reer on the air­waves: he started part­time as an 18­year­old in Dunedin, be­fore break­ing into full­time broad­cast­ing work the next year.

He knocked on a door one day and ‘‘ar­ro­gantly asked for a job’’.

The bosses saw some­thing in him and then over the next 32 years Mr Proc­ter honed his com­mu­ni­ca­tions skills, work­ing along­side some greats in the ra­dio world.

Now, the work­day change he was mak­ing was sur­pris­ing for many.

Mr Proc­ter said peo­ple found it strange that he was leav­ing ra­dio broad­cast­ing to be­come a courier driver.

But that was simply what he wanted to do.

Ar­riv­ing at work at 5am for a 6am to 9am show was not the prob­lem.

In fact, he would never sleep in again for the rest of his life, Mr Proc­ter said.

Host­ing a ra­dio show was a very pub­lic job while he was ‘‘strangely’’ a pri­vate per­son.

Be­com­ing a courier busi­ness driver was some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent, some­thing en­er­getic, how­ever, he did ex­pect to pop up at Dunedin events from time to time.

 ?? PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON ?? Farewell . . . Af­ter more than three decades on the air­waves, Cal­lum Proc­ter says he is leav­ing ra­dio broad­cast­ing be­hind on his own terms.
PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON Farewell . . . Af­ter more than three decades on the air­waves, Cal­lum Proc­ter says he is leav­ing ra­dio broad­cast­ing be­hind on his own terms.

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